05/16/2004 11:00PM

Golden opportunity for Goodies Galore


Goodies Galore has never been one to duck the competition. She ran in five stakes last year at 2, finishing second in two of them. But by the end of the year, she still had not cleared her first allowance condition.

Wednesday's featured eighth race at Lone Star, an entry-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs, gives Goodies Galore an ideal opportunity to get her long-awaited second victory.

Big things were expected of Goodies Galore in her 2-year-old campaign. Following a maiden victory at Churchill in her second career start, in which she defeated two next-out winners, Goodies Galore went to Saratoga for the Grade 2 Schuylerville. There she finished seventh on sloppy track and after a wide trip in a race won by Ashado.

Returning to the Midwest, Goodies Galore ran a distant second in both the Prairie Meadows Debutante and the Delta Miss Stakes, then finished out of the money in two subsequent stakes appearances. In need of a confidence booster for Goodies Galore, trainer Steve Asmussen dropped her into the allowance ranks at Sunland Park last December, and she finished second. In three starts this year, all in allowance races. Goodies Galore's best finishes were a second and a third.

Her most recent start, a second-place finish at Lone Star on April 17, was probably her best effort since her maiden victory. Rating less than two lengths off the pace in the opening furlongs of a six-furlong sprint, Goodies Galore suddenly found herself behind a wall of horses turning for home. Blocked for an entire furlong, Goodies Galore finally found room inside the eighth pole, but by then Boston Express was well on her way to victory.

Goodies Galore's 1 1/2-length margin of defeat was the smallest of her career, and her 70 Beyer Speed Figure was her second best. With a better trip, Goodies Galore can make amends Wednesday.

Blondz Away is no stranger to facing good fillies either. She, too, was stakes placed at 2, finishing third in the La Senorita over the turf at Retama. Blondz Away has not run since mid-January, when she was a distant third to Shadow Cast, who later won the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Two other fillies to consider are Satine and Photographic. Satine was dull in her two most recent starts, but did finish ahead Goodies Galore in a stakes at Sunland Park last fall. Photographic won her maiden two weeks ago off a layoff of nearly a year, and appears to have upside.

Vitek moves tack to Lone Star

Justin Vitek has moved his tack from Churchill Downs to Lone Star and has his first mount at the track on Wednesday. Vitek spent last summer riding at Arlington, said Scott Hare, who will represent the jockey at Lone Star. Hare also represents top regional rider Jeremy Beasley.

Vitek is a nice addition to the local colony, which has lost some of its riders to Louisiana Downs. That meet opened on Friday. Hare noted that the rider has family in Dallas.

Vitek is named to ride Mistress Vermont in the second race for trainer Jim Hudson.

Wafare featured on Saturday

Ona Rampage, who has placed third in three consecutive stakes at Sunland Park, is among four early probables for the $50,000 Wafare Farm Stakes on Saturday. Others officials consider probable for the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies are Boston Express, Cookin's Cast, Expect A Star and Ona Rampage.

* Leslie's Love won an optional claiming turf sprint at Louisiana Downs on Sunday and is headed next to Lone Star for the $50,000 Miller Lite Stakes, said her trainer, Troy Young.

- additional reporting by Mary Rampellini